NTN | @notintownlive | 09 Dec 2019
New Delhi/NITN: Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, has flagged-off its first flight operations between the capital city of Assam, Guwahati to Dimapur, the largest city of Nagaland, to the capital city of Manipur, Imphal, making it the 236 route under the Regional Connectivity Scheme - UdeDeshKaAamNagrik, RCS-UDAN, under the Indian government.
The inaugural event was graced by Manipur Chief Minister N.Biren Singh, LosiiDikho, Manipur Minister (PHED), Sapam Ranjan Singh, Chairman, Tourism Corporation of Manipur Ltd and other dignitaries from Air India and Air Alliance.
Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri had given assurance for the commencement of flight operations in the region during his meeting with Nagaland Governor RN Ravi on Aug 27 in New Delhi.
Till now, for a mere distance of 200 km, people had to travel for 7-hour by bus from Dimapur in Nagaland to reach Imphal in Manipur.
With the establishment of this route, people can now travel to Imphal in 50 minutes by air from Dimapur and access the air connectivity to other parts of the country as well from Guwahati. This flight marks the inception of the first-ever alternative option of connectivity to Imphal, as until now, Imphal is yet to be connected with India's Railway Network.
Alliance Air will operate thrice-weekly flights; every Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday on this route. It currently connects 57 destinations, with the addition of Dimapur&Imphal there will be 59 stations in Alliance Air ambit. The airline will deploy its 70 seater aircraft on this sector.
Flight 9I 741 will depart from Guwahati at 8 am and arrive in Dimapur at 8:55 am further departing Dimapur at 9:20 and arrive in Imphal at 10:10 am. Flight 9I 742 will depart from Imphal at 10:35 am and arrive in Dimapur at 11:25 am further departing at 11:50 am and arrive in Guwahati at 12:45 am.
Alliance Air continues to focus on new routes to connect regional destinations. The airline has been awarded 12 new routes under UDAN-3.1, which are being launched progressively in the coming year bringing new destinations on India’s air map.
Through its codeshare with Air India, Alliance Air not only provides regional connectivity within the country but also offers seamless connectivity to regional passengers on Air India’s network in India and abroad.
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